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Our goal is to breed and raise exceptional quality British Style Golden Retrievers. Our bloodlines are from only the most respected kennels worldwide. We are members of the Canadian Kennel Club, UK Kennel Club and GRCC and strictly adhere to their code of ethics. Our breeding dogs have passed all health clearances for eyes, heart, hips and elbows.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Storm and Chanel Litter – Week Three

Happy 3rd week Birthday to us!

“A Foot in Cold Water”


Here’s one we’ve never witnessed before. We’re not certain as to whether it’s something she learned in a spa or if it has some other purpose, but we’ve noticed that Chanel puts her right paw inside the water bowl while she’s having a drink. Irrespective of the reason, at least the bowl is fixed in place during her hydration session and she has one clean foot.

To add to the challenge of nursing eleven puppies, Chanel contracted mastitis this week - an inflammation of a mammary gland which is an infection caused by a little bite or scratch. This is not uncommon in larger litters and not serious when diagnosed and treated in the early stages. We opted for two courses of treatment: the medical solution of a regimen of antibiotics coupled with the homeopathic one of strapping a cabbage leaf to the affected area. That gets followed up with basting the wound with saline solution and the incredible healing properties of honey. Since the pups aren’t even remotely considering a vegetarian diet or any other kind of diet for that matter, we have to keep part of Chanel’s “equipment” bandaged up while she’s nursing her young family in the whelping box. As a result, we must monitor the pups very closely to ensure that they all get a turn at the milk bar while it’s under repair.

Now that their vision is established beyond simply being able to detect light, dark and movement, the puppies are becoming increasingly curious about their surroundings and each other. They are beginning to get acquainted with their littermates and can often be seen standing in a group gently colliding or rubbing their noses and heads against one another whether awake or asleep. This is the beginning of a key period for the puppies as they are developing rudimentary social skills. They are testing each other’s limits and learning the difference between hard and soft biting and they also take turns sleeping at the top and bottom of the sibling pile. 

In order to accommodate the puppies’ rapid growth, we’ve had to raise the pig rails in their box up a notch. These are rails around the inside of the whelping box that are there to help prevent mom from accidentally squishing one of her kids. At some point during the coming week, the rails can safely be removed altogether. Now that the puppies are getting pretty adept at staggering around, an extension will be added to the box which will give the gang lots more room to play in. That’s when the real fun begins!

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another nail-biting instalment of “Puppy Tales”.


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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Storm and Chanel Litter – Week Two


Our eyes are beginning to open!

“500 Miles Away from Home”


The day began like any other. The morning dew burned off with the hot caress of the sun’s rays. It was very still, apart from the occasional fluttering of a mama robin’s wings as she hurried off in search of food for her young. Yet something felt out of place. A trip to the bedroom where the whelping box resides revealed the answer. There were only ten puppies on hand. A scan of the room revealed nothing. And then…..a tiny muffled voice; but from where? The search was escalated to the highest priority. Finally, Mr. Smoke, the little rascal was retrieved from way under our king-sized bed. The distance travelled was no small feat for such a little creature who hasn’t even learned to walk yet. We can only conjecture how he managed to escape over the barrier – either he crawled over the back of a sibling or he was still enjoying breakfast attached to his mom when she left the box to have a little break. What suction!

It’s always exciting for us when the puppies’ eyes open at around the 10-day mark. Many of the puppies’ critical organs including their brain are not fully formed and they will spend several weeks developing rapidly. Since the gestation period in dogs is short (63 days), the tradeoff is that puppies are quite helpless at birth. Biologists refer to species that produce immature dependent offspring as altricial, which means “to nurse, to rear or to nourish”. It refers to the need for the young of these species to be fed and taken care of for a long period of time. Puppies are born with their eyelids tightly shut because the eye itself is still developing and is extremely fragile. The closed eyelids serve as a barrier to protect the eyes from potential damage. Now that their eyes are open, it will take a few weeks before their eyes mature and their eyesight begins to approach normal. The puppies are also born functionally deaf since their ear canals are closed. While their ear canals begin to open at around the same time, the ears are much more fully formed than the eyes and their hearing will be quite acute within a week or so.

At first glance, it may appear that the puppies spend all of their time sleeping, but they spend a good deal of time exercising. As but as they lay there asleep, they are constantly twitching. These involuntary actions, referred to as “activated sleep”, help strengthens their leg muscles and begin to build muscle mass. This allows them to plod around on all fours when they’re in search of their mom for a snack. Of course, in the case of Mr. Smoke, it gave him the stamina to go on his long-range expedition across the bedroom floor.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another riveting installment of “Puppy Tales”.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Storm and Chanel’s Litter, The Fire Litter – Week One

Devoted momma Chanel and her 11 puppies.


“The Job Description”


It’s always a bit confusing for a mom giving birth by C-section. For the weeks leading up to the birth, a mother-to-be knows she’s going to have a litter. When they’re delivered by C-section, it’s rather perplexing for her because the babies seem to appear out of nowhere…..and they already have demands!  Chanel warmed up to the idea quite readily and immediately began to bond with them, but it took a day before she came to the realization that the job came with responsibilities. After 24 hours, she stepped up to the plate and began to lick and nudge each of her offspring to clean and stimulate them as they are initially incapable of eliminating on their own. For the first couple of days, we had to coax her out of the whelping box for her bathroom breaks which are conducted in record time. She even insists on a “dining in” meal plan so that she can continually tend to her flock. 

With eleven in the litter and only so much “equipment” to go around, we try to get the puppies to nurse in rotation to ensure that everyone gets their share of their mom’s milk that contains antibodies so vital for the first several weeks of their lives. Thanks to Chanel’s dedication, the milk bar is open twenty-four hours a day so the puppies’ weights have almost doubled since birth. We weigh them at least twice daily for the first couple of weeks to carefully monitor their progress. Mom is a great help keeping the supply of milk flowing as she instinctively rotates sides which helps to keep the supply of milk flowing. The pups don’t spend their entire time eating; they spend a great deal of time sleeping! 

Puppies are born without sight or hearing and their eyes don’t open until sometime during the second week, so for now their senses of smell and touch are what guide them to their target. They use their tiny forelimbs, coupled with great tenacity, to propel themselves around as they seek out their sustenance and warmth. Since their body temperatures will not have been regulated until after week three, the little gang relies on their mother and each other for warmth. Of course, we have a heat lamp at the ready to use whenever mom’s on her break.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another beguiling installment of “Puppy Tales”

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Chanel, Day 54 (pre-parturition)



“The Countdown Begins”


Enjoying the sun setting after an active day of digging!

As Chanel heads into her final 9 days of pregnancy, she is very much focused on finding the perfect den in our backyard to birth her puppies. This is a normal behaviour for pregnant dogs so we are keeping a watchful eye on her. She has dug a hole that she can pretty much fit herself into along with the pups’ daddy! However, we have a much cozier and cleaner nesting area for her. This week we will introduce her to the “whelping box” and make all the final preparations for the puppies’ arrival next week.

Chanel is still extremely interested in food and when offered a treat, she will almost take your hand along with it. She is getting about 28 oz of raw food daily as well as supplements including folic acid for the prevention of birth defects and rosemary tea leaves for uterine health.

Chanel’s abdominal area seems to expand daily. She measures a whopping 36.5 inches or 92.7 cm and she’s still growing!


Golden Retriever fetus at almost full term.

At this point, the puppies’ coats of fur are fully developed and they will gain rapidly in size in preparation for their birth. As always, our pregnant girls enjoy many evening belly rubs and Chanel is no exception. We can actually feel the puppies moving around. It seems like they are anxious to get out into the world and meet their forever families!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Storm and Chanel Puppies Day 39 Pre Parturition

Chanel is thankful Spring has finally arrived.


Chanel has always been a very calm and easy-going girl. Now that she is pregnant, she seems very much the same but her “happy meter“ is off the charts. Her tail is wagging constantly and she likes to carry her favourite stuffed toy around in her mouth. 

Chanel did have a mild bout of morning sickness around day 25 but she bounced back quickly. She is eating about 20 oz. daily which we will increase to 22 oz. this week. 

Chanel hasn’t slowed down yet and still is very active with the pack. She eagerly runs out the door every morning to check the perimeter of our backyard fence. Chanel is our resident chief of security with Faith and a few others as back up!

We expect Chanel will slow down over the next couple of weeks as her abdomen grows.  


Above is an amazing photo by National Geographic of an embryo at 25 days.

Pre-natal period: It is an interesting fact that a dog's tactile perception develops before birth, therefore unborn puppies can detect "touch" when the mother is petted from the outside of the abdomen. This establishes the basis for puppies to tolerate being touched when compared to puppies born to mothers that were not petted.
Pregnant dogs that are exposed to stressful events tend to release hormones that can be detected by the fetuses which can negatively influence their future development. This underscores the importance of providing pregnant dogs with a stress-free and tranquil environment.

At this stage, the puppies’ eyes and spinal cords have begun to develop and their faces are also forming. The fetuses are approximately 1.3 cm. This may seem small but they will triple in size in just one week. Between days 29 and 35, their toes, whiskers and claws start to develop. They are now beginning to look like dogs! Interestingly, their eyes are initially open but their eyelids fuse at around day 35 to protect them from contamination during development and remain closed until approximately 10 days after birth.  

And now we wait patiently for the miracle to happen!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hudson and Faith Litter – Week Seven

Ice cream bar is always open!


“Velcro”


Faith is in line to earn a trophy for “best mom”. At this point in time, most moms have long since abandoned the notion of nursing their pups due to each one’s 28 razor sharp teeth. Not this gal. She selflessly obliges them and is always at their beck and call. Once in their presence, they seem stuck to her like Velcro.

They were impervious to the cold and the wet snow which dotted their furry coats. It was as though Faith’s brood was training for the winter Olympics and you couldn’t find a happier group of youngsters. An epic outdoor festival from start to finish, the gang played chase, practised ski jumps, tobogganing or luge, went hiking and exploring or worked on the igloo that their mom was desperate to have. Ever the good sport, Faith spent the better part of her time providing the group with libation. The little ones were tireless as they raced around and even gave us a workout as we attempted to collect them to put everyone back in their whelping box. Once they were nestled in the warmth of their little shelter, it didn’t take long for everyone to drift off to sleep….including mom.

The Family Day long weekend afforded us many opportunities to spend time with each puppy – one on one. Not only have they bonded with their mom and their littermates, the pups relished every moment that they spent being fussed over and cuddled by their human admirers. They are all immensely curious about every little thing. There was no shortage of kissing, nibbling and cuddling and there’s nothing like the trust they demonstrate by falling asleep in our laps.

As our time with the puppies draws to a close, we cherish every moment we’ve spent with them and find comfort in knowing how much happiness they will bring to their new families. They have given us so many kisses and memories that we’ll treasure always. 

So long, little ones. We wish you all the best in your journey, but most of all, we wish you love. 

P.S.  We’ll be looking for your picture postings on Instagram! #regalgoldensfamilytree

That concludes this edition of “Puppy Tales”.  See you next litter!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hudson and Faith Litter – Week Six

Miss Powder Puff wants to go outside in the snow!

“Cabin Fever”


Cabin fever. We’ve all felt it at one point in time or another. It even happens to six-week-old pups and now they’re old enough and smart enough to do something about it. One day while Mr. Orange Blossom was having a snooze in front of the entrance to the whelping box, Mr. Bulrush used his brother as a step stool to launch himself over the opening into the vast expanse of the living room so he could enjoy some private time with his mom. On another occasion, Faith inadvertently compressed all the slats which normally block the entrance so that the entire group escaped for an unscheduled walkabout.

Despite the mountains of snow that have accumulated on our property this past week, we were able to clear off an area on the patio to allow the pups to experience their first taste of both the great outdoors and winter. Some litters initially find the experience a bit overwhelming, but this bunch was unfazed. They wasted no time in getting busy chasing their mom in the hopes of an alfresco snack.  After a time, Faith wandered away to cool her milk bar off in the snow, all the while keeping a watchful eye on her offspring. Playtime continued and each puppy followed their own agenda. Some found a willing partner to joust with while others tried their hand at mountain climbing or practiced climbing up and down the stoop.

Before long the crisp Caledon air took its toll on this bunch and they settled into a good long nap when they came back inside. Of course, now that they’ve had a sampling of the good life, they’re all most anxious for any further opportunity for more outdoor playtime. Whenever Storm and Misty pass by the box on their way outside, the pups line up along the front of the whelping box in the off chance that they’ll get to join them.  They’re always hopeful that it will mark the beginning of a new adventure.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another stimulating installment of “Puppy Tales”.
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hudson and Faith Litter – Week Five

It's all about playing this week!


“Things that go bump in the Night”


The sun had long since bid farewell. The moon was full but unable to penetrate the cloud cover leaving it quite dark in the house. Wind noisily pushed its way through the trees and tiny pellets of icy snow careened off the windows. Off in the distance a coyote was announcing his presence. In the far corner of the house, we could hear a commotion. Did we remember to lock the living room door where the puppies were sleeping? Had the door blown open? There it was again….a thump and then another one or two in quick succession. We quickly made our way down the hall to investigate but as we approached, the situation became quite clear. The puppies were wrestling and when one of them landed on top of the turtle with the pressure activated music box in its shell, a chorus of “London Bridge is Falling Down” began to play. We were all safe and sound after all.

The dynamic in the whelping box is evolving. This is the beginning of the most influential socialization period for the puppies. They’re learning to communicate with each other and with us by wagging their tails. With the increased control over their facial muscles, they are making expressions and are beginning to reveal their personalities and communicate their opinions. They spend longer periods of time awake and they use it to engage in some manner of play with their siblings whether head butting or wrestling. They’re also craving a lot of attention and affection and fortunately that’s something that’s not hard to provide. Did we mention that this bunch is just plain exceptionally cute?

Despite the activity in their quarters, this group will likely go on record as one of the quietest litters ever. In the past, we’ve had some little ones that screech almost from the day they’re born until the day they leave. Mind you, their forever families assure us that they’re quiet once they leave here. We’re thinking it must have something to do with the water or perhaps it’s group dynamics. On that note, since their food is now prepared a bit dryer, the puppies are drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated. Faith still nurses the puppies occasionally to supplement their diet of moistened puppy food, albeit with waning enthusiasm. Fortunately everyone is demonstrating good manners in the mess hall.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another regal installment of “Puppy Tales”.


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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hudson and Faith Litter – Week Four

We're growing bigger by the minute!


“Roll Call”

We did a count and then a recount, but there were no puppies missing. We were convinced that since Mr. Bulrush tipped the scales at 6 ½ lbs. he must have swallowed one of his siblings. Fortunately that was not the case; like the rest of the gang, he just has a good appetite.

To aid in the puppies’ campaign to bulk up, they were introduced to gruel or mush:  a healthy concoction of oatmeal, honey, goat’s milk and vitamins to supplement the feedings they get from their mom. With their inaugural bowl, no one needed a second invitation. Miss Sweet Pea was the first one in, both literally and figuratively followed by Mr. Periwinkle, after which the concept of etiquette went out the window as everyone looked like they’d been in a food fight. Mealtime became a source of entertainment as the puppies were lacking in table manners or bedside manners since Mr. Orange Blossom among other took turns falling asleep in the bowl. To their credit though, as the week progressed the gang adopted a more proper, British air to dinner to the point that hose downs were no longer necessary. Despite being semi-retired, Faith continues to keep the milk bar open 24/7 for top-ups but we’re certain that she relishes the break she gets from each puppy’s twenty-eight razor sharp teeth!

This week we removed the pig rails and added an extension to the whelping box which has doubled its size. Now that the puppies are growing, they need a bit more space to allow them to pick up speed to scramble from end to end. One end now features sleeping quarters and the other end which has been filled with paper shredding serves as their lavatory. In addition, the puppies now have gym memberships, an elaborate play station and numerous plush toys at their disposal. The little ones are developing their strength, co-ordination and cognitive skills as well as learning how to engage in an activity with a littermate, even if it’s just bumping heads. Since their hunting and chasing instincts are emerging, they practice with their plush toys but the most fun they’re having is the increased interaction with their littermates. And nobody cares if their sibling is awake or asleep. In this playground, anything goes.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another chilling installment of “Puppy Tales”.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Hudson and Faith Litter – Week Three

Bow-wow!


“Hang Gliding”


He was one of the last puppies nursing before Faith decided to go on her break and he sure was hungry. Mr. Buttercup must have had greater suction than a Dyson vacuum cleaner because when Faith got up to exit the whelping box, he was still attached. As a result, he was subsequently deposited on the living room carpet. As bewildered as he appeared, we’re sure there was a part of him that said, “wow, what a ride!”

Now that their vision is established beyond simply being able to detect light, dark and movement, the puppies are becoming increasingly curious about their surroundings and each other. As they are beginning to get acquainted with their littermates, they can often be seen standing in a group gently colliding or rubbing their noses and heads against one another whether awake or asleep. This is the beginning of a key period for the puppies as they are developing rudimentary social skills. They are testing each other’s limits and learning the difference between hard and soft biting and they also take turns sleeping at the top and bottom of the sibling pile. To further enhance their experience, we’ve put stuffed animals in the whelping box as an obstacle course of sorts as well as fluffy playmates to cuddle with. 

In order to accommodate the puppies’ rapid growth, we’ve had to raise the pig rails in their box up a notch. These are rails around the inside of the whelping box that are there to help prevent mom from accidentally squishing one of her kids. At some point during the coming week, the rails can safely be removed altogether and the extension will be added which will give the gang lots more room to play in.

Miss Faith and her crew have now been relocated into the living room which is like a V.I.P. room for moms. She has both a sofa and a love seat to stretch out on for her ultimate relaxation while being able to keep a watchful eye and ear on her brood. What’s more, she has a private yard for a little walkabout which her puppies will eventually use as their playground. Sadly, since much of the snow has melted Faith has had to abandon her dream of building an igloo.

That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another nail-biting instalment of 

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